If you know Our Books, you’ve probably seen our team ‘Sketchnoting’ various meetings and conferences.
From Monday 16 to Friday 27 February, check out our exhibition of BarCamp 2014 Sketchnotes at Rik Reay Gallery! (English and Khmer).
(Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.)
In Cambodia, we like New Years’ Day so much that we celebrate it three times.
Best wishes from the Our Books team to you and yours. ‘Stay tuned’ for a special New Year Exhibition!
(Drawing by ‘Vuth’, color/animation by Kim Phally.)
Ilustrator and cartoonist Prum Vannak is largely self-taught, and takes his inspiration from the world around him.
He has received acclaim in using his art to depict the harsh reality of his time spent trapped on a Thai fishing boat, and is a survivor of labor trafficking. This led to an award from the US Department of State, and his art being featured in a documentary film and on the Radio Free Asia web site.
Unlike most Cambodian illustrators who chase freelance work in Phnom Penh, Vannak lives with his family in rural Pursat and is working hard to make a living from commercial art. While he is famous internationally, his income and his daily life in the village have not changed much.
This exhibition explores the two worlds the artist lives in.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact OurBooksCambodia.org
The exhibition will take place Wednesday November 20th to Saturday December 14th at Rik Reay Gallery, Phnom Penh.
Venue: Rik Reay shop, 69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Contact: John Weeks +885 (0)12 526 840 / Soeun Klo 017 626 207 Landline: 023 990 706
We produced in excess of sixty pages, and had our biggest turnout yet of both professionals and amateurs.
We would like to thank our ‘artist guides’ Sao Sreymao and Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth for assisting the Our Books team in orienting participants and encouraging newcomers.
Many elected to do the ‘Cambodian Variation’ of ‘One Hour / One Comic’ but stuck around for a little more.
Due to Cambodia’s Pchum Ben holiday our event was held one week early. To encourage other participants during this global event, Our Books will be Facebooking and Twittering art and photos this coming Saturday October 05.
For now, here are some pictures and pages to pique your interest.
Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day!
The 24 Hour Comic is a ‘free drawing’ exercise designed to unlock creativity. Our Books has been facilitating this event since October 2008 to gradually introduce Cambodian artists to this unique exercise and the global comics community.
As with prior years, we offer participants a ‘Cambodian Variation’: One artist — one page — one hour of the day. Many Khmer artists have jobs, school, and family obligations, but all artists who have an hour to spare are welcome to join the fun!
For 2013, Java Arts Gallery will host an exhibition spotlighting five years of 24 Hour Comics called ‘Up All Night’ (Friday September 27th). Java will host the yearly drawing day on Saturday, September 28th from 8am to 8pm.
‘StripAll Night’ will feature professional and amateur art archived by Our Books Cambodia from prior drawing events at Java, Romeet Gallery and ‘The Living Room’, among others. http://www.facebook.com/events/162249207313002/
From its initial foray in 2008, Our Books has pioneered ‘The Cambodian Variation’ for busy artists. Since Khmer artists often have several jobs, school and family obligations, they were invited to select an hour of the day to complete a full 24 hours of drawings, reflecting daily life in Cambodia. A collection of these drawings (‘Our Day’) is in progress, and samples will be shown on the 27th.
’24 Hour Comics Drawing Day’ will start at 8:00 on Saturday September 28th. Coffee, art materials, food and a dedicated drawing space will be provided. For participants with children, a play room is available.
Last year’s session was a modest effort and closed early due to the King-Father’s Funeral.
This year, ‘Global’ 24 Hour Drawing day will fall October 05-06, during the nationwide Pchum Ben religious holiday. Comics from the event on the 28th will be exhibited immediately, and shared via social media on October 05th.
Java and Our Books welcome all participants, amateurs and professionals, to join our Friday exhibition and our Saturday drawing day. Feel free to draw and catch up with other artists, be it for a brief catch-up or a marathon session. Artist guides Sao Sreymao and Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth will be on hand to assist with tools and materials, and Our Books staff (Nhim Soknea, Kim Phally) will be available to scan artwork for display and exhibition.
Event Time: Up All Night: 6pm – 8pm, September 27, Java Arts
24 Hour Drawing Day: 8am Sept 27 to 8am Sept 28, Java Arts
Event Location: Java Cafe & Gallery, 56 Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Our Books is pleased to be exhibiting new material by comic artist Cliodhna Ztoical at Rik Reay Gallery / noodle shop from September 13 to 27.
She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
“Ztoical’s Comic Adventure 2013” brought her to Cambodia, where her sketches of Angkor Wat were drawn.
For more art and information, check out her web site, Ztoical.com.
From July 17 to 30th at Rik Reay gallery space: solo exhibition!
Ms. Try Samphos is a young Cambodian artist who creates visual art and comic art, utilizing traditional drawing and computer design. She has trained with Room To Read, SIPAR, and numerous education-related organizations including the Buddhist Institute.
Her diverse publication CV includes work with the Wildlife Conservation Society, PSI, Our Books, SIPAR and her own self-published imprint, Comics Art. She has also volunteered for the Cambodia Book Federation and assisted and participated in numerous workshops, seminars, trainings and art events.
She is one of a growing number of young artists who are familiar with traditional Cambodian culture and popular Khmer culture, speaking in her own voice with enthusiasm and innovation. This very brief exhibition shows a small sampling of her wide-ranging skills.
For more information on her diverse publications, you can visit her artist profile page at OurBooksCambodia.org or contact: Samphos2003@Yahoo.com.
Currently exhibiting at Rik Reay gallery space: Art for Equity
Featuring illustrations produced for Equitable Cambodia, by Sen Samondara, ‘Vuth‘, and Tek Tevin.
Since 2006, Our Books has regularly worked to produce hundreds of illustrations to help explain Cambodia’s legal code.
Originally produced for Bridges Across Borders‘ Paralegal Manual, the illustrations have been recycled for numerous special interest publications. ‘BAB’ recently rebranded as ‘Equitable Cambodia‘, and has a wide range of programs and publications aiming to increase understanding and participation in Cambodia’s legal system.
This exhibition will run through April 30th and will rotate a variety of pictures by the featured artists.
Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Press Release: Our Books is pleased to announce the ‘soft launch’ of our permanent exhibition space at ‘Rik Reay‘ Restaurant, Street 178, 69c.
Our first exhibition features art from ’24 Hour Comics Day 2012′ by Sao Sreymao, Veejay Joson, Peou Ty, Seng Visal, Kim Phally (Our Books Graphic Designer), Sin Yang Pirom, and Chan Pisey. (Running from February 28th to March 12.)
By exhibiting at a local Khmer restaurant, we aim to engage people with comics outside of a gallery context, as a part of their daily life.
Future exhibitions will feature a diverse selection of art, from NGO outreach projects to new creative efforts from local artists.
Rik Reay restaurant is open from 6am to 12 noon. For further exhibition inquiries, please get in touch with Our Books.
It’s our second year in Cambodia as an official participant in International 24 Hour Drawing Day! Below are some selections of participating artists. The art is currently on display at Java Café, Phnom Penh, through the end of October.
It was a good mixed group this time, with local Cambodian participants as well as artists from the USA, Philippines and Vietnam. No one cracked the 24 page mark this year, closest was VJ Joson at 11 pages with ‘Magic Marker‘. As per prior years, we offered the ‘Cambodian variation’ of one hour/artist/page, as shown by Try Samphos and Chuob Borin (below).
For those who want to see more, check out our photo set!
Postscript: Phnom Penh Post coverage: